(janet hill. trouble arrives)
i think they started loosely planning their post-grad adventure to europe sometime perhaps during their sophomore year of high school. savannah mentioned to me several months ago, “you know we’re serious about this don’t you mom?”.
so she has diligently saved her pennies ( her dream trip is financed by her hard work over the past few summers) , her airfare is purchased & she and her lifelong best friend bailey are jetting off to backpack through europe for 5 weeks!!
savannah & bailey will be in London, Dublin, Edinburgh. then off to Paris, Nice, all through Italy (cinque terra, Florence, Rome, Venice, Tuscany) then all through Germany (Munich, Frankfurt, Berlin) and probably Switzerland and Prague. if any of you guys are live abroad and would love to house a couple of adorable, very well-mannered grads they would be so appreciative.(wink) or if you have any wonderful traveling or “must do” tips for them, that would be fantastic!!
dan has traveled europe extensively & lived in russia while serving with crusade. i think savannah got her wanderlust spirit from her daddy gregg who loved to travel as well.
the last several weeks i’ve pondered the blessings that have come her way and i would be remiss if i didn’t share the following. she was only 3 1/2 when gregg died. i spent many a day wondering what life would be like for her and her sisters to grow up without a dad. (obviously having no idea i’d marry a few years later). i wondered if his spirit would be alive in their hearts as they began school as kindergarteners. i could barely even dream about their future including college and boys. etc.
as they’ve grown up i’ve been blessed to see gregg in each of them. differently of course. but i see him. i want to share a little more about this in the next few weeks. but if you are a young single mama who can barely dream about the future of young children, you just keep on pouring into them and loving them and championing them every day. just like you already are!! i’m telling you, i think there lies within them a special drive and dare i say, a special dose of determination. and it’s incredible to watch them grow and develop into amazing young people who will far surpass any dream you dared to dream.
& then perhaps one day they’ll save their pennies up & board a plane with their “person”, cross over the ocean & live the dreams they dared to dream.
and it’ll be an awesome moment friend. it’ll be a very awesome moment indeed.